Medieval and Early Modern History Gallery

Special [Past]

A Painter’s Life: Kang Sehwang and Literati Culture

  • Location

    Special Exhibition Room II,Permanent Exhibition Hall, 1F

  • Date2013-06-25~2013-08-25


The 18th century was a time of social dynamics and political stabilities. Intellectuals were able to broaden their views with new impression of life, revealing their imagination in various fields.
Kang Sehwang (1713-1791), a literati painter active in 18th century of Joseon dynasty, was a representative intellectual, and also was the important artists among many innovative cultural figures of his time. Kang Sehwang not only established his own artistic identity, but also planted seed for the next generation. Kang Sehwang was also a well-known art critic with an extensive knowledge and genuine connoisseurship, which allowed him to interact with people from diverse social group – from the King and royal family of Joseon down to the low-ranking court painters. Sharing the artistic idea and the spirit of the age, Kang Sehwang and other artist were able to create a new cultural stream.
This great artist who led the art world in the 18th century will be explored in-depth in the special exhibition of National Museum of Korea. The exhibition will feature a number of Kang’s painting with various subjects as well as his calligraphy. Artworks from his fellow artist, which contain Kang’s inscription or colophon commenting the work, will also be included. This special exhibition of NMK titled A Painter’s Life: Kang Sehwang and Literati Culture in the 18th Century will provide an opportunity for visitors to explore the 18th-century artworld called “the Renaissance Age of Joseon.”